Sculpture

GRACEFUL HORIZON (SEAL)

Image Size: 5.75" x 3.5" x 7" ()

Sleek bodied and barrel shaped, "true seals," or phocids, are well adapted to the aquatic environment where they spend most of their lives. They are notable for their lack of external ears and their ability to swim with efficient, undulating whole-body movements driven by powerful back flippers. Some species such as the Caspian seal have declined over 90 percent in the last hundred years due to commercial hunting, loss of habitat, and pollution, with others close behind. A student of these gregarious creatures, Wyland pays homage in this delightful sculpture that shares the "playful nature of the harbor seal."

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